Torfaen MP Rt Hon Nick Thomas-Symonds MP has welcomed last week’s news that an agreement in principle has been made between Six Nations Rugby and BBC and ITV to ensure the Men’s Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and Men’s Under-20’s remains on free-to-air coverage for everyone to watch and enjoy.
The agreement has a four-year term beginning with the 2022 Championship and ending after the 2025 Championships. Subject to contract agreement, ITV will show all of England, Ireland, Italian and French home matches, while BBC will broadcast all of Scotland and Wales’ home matches, alongside all the Women’s Six Nations Championship.
In support of this announcement, Mr Thomas-Symonds MP said: “With Welsh Labour colleagues I have raised my concerns and the consequences of moving the Six Nations Championship behind a paywall both in Parliament and with the WRU, so I am delighted that the Six Nations, one of the greatest sporting competitions, will remain on free-to-air coverage so it is accessible for all. We saw just how uniting and uplifting rugby can be with Wales’ fantastic 2021 Six Nations victory during a tough year for everyone.
Rugby is an integral part of our national culture and history, and I have seen first-hand how vitally important the sport is to communities across Torfaen, so I am very pleased that no-one will be deprived of watching the Six Nations and our future Welsh rugby stars will continue to be inspired.”